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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 November 2007, 11:01 GMT
Scotland begin successor search
Billy Davies (left) and Graeme Souness
Davies (left) and Souness are the early favourites to land the job
Billy Davies and Graeme Souness are among the early favourites to replace Alex McLeish as Scotland coach.

Gary McAllister had been the bookies' front-runner but has since distanced himself from the post, saying he would prefer a return to club football.

Scottish Premier League managers Mark McGhee, Craig Levein and John Collins have all be linked with the job.

Other names in the frame include former Scotland assistant Tommy Burns, Joe Jordan and Kenny Dalglish.

BBC Sport lists the main contenders for the Scotland job and the early odds from the bookies.

BILLY DAVIES

Billy Davies
Billy Davies, 43, left Derby on Monday and has already stated his interest in managing Scotland.

He told BBC Sport: "I'm very open to listen to anything that is offered or put on the table. I'm not ruling anything out. If somebody wants to talk to me I will listen and then make a decision."

Davies began his managerial career at Motherwell in 1998 and was assistant to Craig Brown at Preston before succeeding him as manager.

He took Derby to the Premier League last season but left the club bottom of the table, with just six points from 14 games.

Bookmakers say: 3/1

GRAEME SOUNESS

Graeme Souness
Graeme Souness have moved up in the betting after letting it be known he fancies a crack at international management.

The tough-tackling midfielder made his name as a manager in Scotland when he transformed Rangers in 1986 but had mixed success since leaving for Liverpool.

Had short spells at Southampton, Torino, Benfica and Galatasaray before taking Blackburn back into the Premiership.

Has been out of work since ending a disappointing spell at Newcastle in February 2006 but Scotland might have to move quick since he has been linked with the Republic of Ireland.

Bookmakers say: 10/3

MARK McGHEE

Mark McGhee
Former Aberdeen and Celtic striker Mark McGhee has only just taken up his first management position in Scotland.

And, with meagre resources at his disposal, the 50-year-old has made a great start to the season at Motherwell.

Prior to his return north of the border, McGhee had spells of mixed success in charge at Leicester, Wolves, Reading, Millwall and Brighton.

Bookmakers say: 7/2

CRAIG LEVEIN

Craig Levein
Dundee United's Craig Levein has enjoyed a bright start to the season, credited with improving performance and stability in the team.

He has gone some way to restoring his personal reputation after being sacked by Leicester City after 15 months in 2006.

Capped 16 times himself as a player, Levein may be seen as the man who can build on the success already started by McLeish with the Scottish squad.

Bookmakers say: 9/2

GARY McALLISTER

Gary McAllister
Although he has said he doesn't want the job,Gary McAllister remains high on the bookies' list.

Capped 57 times for his country, the former Scotland skipper's international career ended in 1999 after being consistently booed by the Tartan Army for missing a crucial penalty against England during Euro 96.

The 42-year-old went on to manage Coventry, but left in 2004 to care for his wife Denise, who lost her battle with cancer in 2006.

McLeish narrowly beat McAllister to the role of Scotland manager in January.

Bookmakers say: 9/1

JOHN COLLINS

John Collins
Hibernian boss John Collins has only been in the management game for a year but he has made a significant impact.

He picked up the CIS Insurance Cup last season to end a 16-year trophy drought at Easter Road and then had to deal with a high-profile player revolt.

Hibs lost several of their brightest talents over the summer but Collins has made a promising start to this campaign.

Bookmakers say: 16/1

TOMMY BURNS

Tommy Burns
Tommy Burns was vocal about his "disappointment" at not being contacted by the SFA when Walter Smith left the post earlier this year.

He was brought in as assistant Scotland manager by Berti Vogts, and remained as a number two to Smith during his tenure but left when Alex McLeish took charge.

Burns is Celtic's first-team coach and youth development chief.

Bookmakers say: 20/1

JOE JORDAN

Joe Jordan
Currently the first-team coach at Portsmouth, Joe Jordan enjoyed an excellent international playing career, featuring in three consecutive World Cups in 1974, 1978 and 1982, scoring in each tournament.

He has had spells in charge of Bristol City (twice), Stoke City and Hearts.

When speculation swirled around him in January with the departure of Walter Smith, Jordan said he was "flattered" to be considered for the role which eventually went to McLeish.

Bookmakers say: 25/1

KENNY DALGLISH

Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish won a record 101 caps for his country and netted 30 goals, but his stock fell when his dream return to Celtic with John Barnes turned into a nightmare.

Won titles as Liverpool and Blackburn boss but quit both jobs. He then led Newcastle to a second-placed finish before their form took a nosedive.

The international job could suit Dalglish, but he may be reluctant to endanger his legendary status among the Tartan Army.

Bookmakers say: 25/1

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